Joining CEF Futures Made Me a Better Teacher

Theresa Gross
Posted on January 5, 2017 in Futures Leadership Council, Impact of Donors

Three years ago, I was a senior in college beginning to look for the next path Jesus had for me. I would graduate in a few months with degrees in English and Secondary Education. My heart was torn between teaching in a Catholic school, where I could share and teach the Faith openly, and teaching at a public school, where I saw a real need for Catholic teachers to make a difference in the lives of struggling and broken families and students. I ended up signing a contract with St. Agnes, a CEF school. Teaching at a CEF school has fulfilled both of those desires in my heart. I am able to share the faith, but I am also able to make a difference in the lives of students who, without CEF, might not have been able to attend a Catholic School.

About a year ago, I was asked if I was interested in being a part of Futures for CEF. I was incredibly honored to join such a fantastic group of people who share my passion for providing excellent Catholic education. I feel so lucky to be able to bring a Catholic education to my students in the classroom but also to be a part of making it possible for future students to be given this same opportunity.

Being a part of CEF Futures has also helped me as a teacher. When I see the passion and work that members of CEF are willing to put into providing a Catholic Education for all, it calls me and challenges me in what I am doing in my classroom. It begs the question, is the education that I am offering worth the effort that these people are putting in? Am I truly providing the excellent education in my classroom that these people are talking about? It holds me to a higher standard, and I can’t help but feel challenged to do my best to provide an education that matches what CEF and the generous donors are giving.

Theresa Gross

Theresa Gross teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at St. Agnes Catholic School in Roeland Park, Kansas, and is a member of the CEF Futures Committee.

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